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Private Enterprise in Cuba

The Challenges of Finding Work in Today's Cuba

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 08.25.2014 | Latino Voices
Yoani Sanchez

Eugenia lost her job of 30 years in an office of the Ministry of Transport. She was left "available," according to the declaration of her bosses, before they offered her a job as a bricklayer. Reluctant to lay bricks and mix mortar, she launched herself on the private market to see what she could find.

The State Can't Compete, Forces Cuban Entreprenuers Back to the Black Market

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 11.06.2013 | World
Yoani Sanchez

Reluctant -- or unable -- to compete, the Cuban State has put an end to the business of "trapi-shopping." Several of the best-known and air-conditioned places have already closed their doors to the public.

Cuban State Penalizes Private Businesses For What It Does Itself With Impunity

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 12.12.2011 | World
Yoani Sanchez

The state seems to have a free right-of-way -- literally -- to invade spaces, pushing pedestrians out into the streets, or constructing the greatest atrocities without any accountability to the people who live there.

Evidence of the Shipwreck

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Yoani Sanchez

Overnight, the guarantee of full employment -- one of the most publicized benefits of Cuban socialism -- has come to an end. And so the propaganda apparatus announced our authorities' worst nightmare: the day the system collapsed.

Will a Half Million Laid Off Cubans Find Work in Private Enterprise?

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Yoani Sanchez

Raul Castro's government has announced that half a million state employees will be terminated and that self-employment will be expected to pick up the slack.

In Cuba Eating Lobster is a Crime and Succeeding in Business Can Land You in Jail

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Yoani Sanchez

I'm deeply shamed that the police in my country are dedicated to imprisoning enterprising citizens, while the streets are full of criminals who snatch purses, steal and defraud.

With Small Sellers Strangled, Will Cubans Lose Their Pizza?

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Yoani Sanchez

It arrived in force in the seventies to break the grayness of the rationed market. Amid the daily rice with beans, pizza invaded us with its novelty and its colors.